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New rules and opening hours - supermarkets

**Last updated 27 March, please check with local stores for more detail. Please email communications@watford.gov.uk for any incorrect information


Sainsbury's (Albert Road - 8am until 8pm)

All Sainsbury's stores will be open for half an hour each day for NHS workers only.

Between 7.30am-8am Monday to Saturday, only those with valid NHS ID will be allowed in the supermarkets.

They also have dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, disabled or vulnerable. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sainsbury's stores are only open for these groups and their carers between 8am and 9am.

As well as changing opening hours, Sainsbury's have also introduced limits on the amount of certain products each customer can buy. All items are restricted to three per customer. Certain items, including toilet roll, soap and long life milk are limited to two per customer.

The supermarket has also announced they will be installing protective screens at all manned checkouts as soon as they can.


ASDA (Oldhams - 8am to 8pm)

NHS workers have priority shopping times at ASDA stores. Those with NHS ID cards can shop before from 8am to 9am without facing competition from any other customers.

All ASDA stores also have a limit on the number of products each customer can buy. You can buy only three of each product, including all food, toiletries and cleaning products.

Perspex screens are also being installed at checkouts.

Stores are also shutting earlier in the evenings to give staff time to restock shelves.


Tesco (list below)

Tesco stores across the country are no longer opening for 24 hours. Instead they will shut overnight between 10pm and 6am to allow for restocking. Tesco Express stores are open from 6am to 10pm.

All items are limited to three per person and multi-buy promotions have been stopped.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9am and 10am elderly and vulnerable shopper can use the stores (only Tesco Extra)

Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 10am NHS workers can use the stores (only Tesco Extra)


Morrisons (Ascot Road)

The first hour of shopping at Morrisions is for NHS staff. Between 7am-8am Monday-Saturday, only those with NHS ID can go into Morrisons stores.

Other shoppers are then allowed into the store to begin shopping between 8am and 8pm.

Sunday shopping hours have not changed.

Many products at Morrisons have also been restricted to a certain number per customer.


ALDI (Century Park - 8am and 8pm)

Aldi have put restrictions on all of their items. Customers are limited to four of each item for most products. Nappy and baby products are limited to just two per customer.

As of Sunday 29 March, Aldi will be opening between 9:30am - 10:00am every Sunday for emergency workers including NHS, fire and police. These workers will also get priority at the checkouts after 10am.


Lidl (Lower High Street)

The supermarket is opening an hour earlier than usual in order to let elderly customers do their shopping.

Lidl stores in the UK are having protective screens installed at checkouts which they describe as 'cough and sneeze proof'.

So far, opening hours have not been changed.

Product limits do apply on certain items, full details are displayed in each individual store.


Iceland (The Parade)

Iceland were the first supermarket to announce dedicated hours for vulnerable people. All of their stores are now giving their first hour (8 - 9am) of opening for the elderly, disabled and their carers. 

The final hour of trading Monday to Saturday will also be for NHS staff only.

Iceland does not currently have limits on the number of items you can buy, but has urged shoppers not to bulk buy.


Co-op (list below)

The Co-op's opening hours are now shorter to allow staff more time to stock shelves and clean stores.

There are also dedicated hours in place for vulnerable customers and NHS staff members. Between 8am and 9am Monday - Saturday and between 10am and 11am on Sundays these will be the only people allowed into shops.

They have asked people to only buy what they need, and there are two item limits on a selection of products.

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